You have probably heard the expression “residual energy”, it is a term all Empaths become familiar with. It is often used when describing the energy remnants left in objects, places or buildings by the people who have gone before.
When a traumatic event has happened in an area it leaves a powerful imprint which Empaths can pick up on. The same can be said if there has been a lot of anger, hate or erratic emotions within a particular place.
Certain rooms in most houses will contain a host of different vibes and residual energy. Bedrooms, where confused, angry or moody teens grew up, can acquire a heavy, dense energy stain. Living-rooms, where families relax and come together, often have a laidback vibe.
Like many other Empaths, I have always sensed residual energy within buildings and locations. But I did not always know what it was I sensed. If I felt a dense energetic imprint, when I was younger, in the places I visited I immediately assumed the space was haunted. The denser and darker the energy, the more I convinced myself a spooky spectre was lurking within the shadows (I had a big fear of ghosts in childhood). The stronger the energy the more it felt like a presence.
But dark residual energy can indeed feel like a malevolent presence to the Empath. It certainly took me a while to distinguish between the stain left by painful emotions and that of other phenomena. Just like defining the emotional energy in others, it can be a challenge for an Empath to interpret residual energy.
Most used buildings contain a layer of residual energy — both positive and negative. Empaths pick up on these vibes rather like first impressions. We notice them at first but don’t always continue to if we visit a place often.
When a house had been filled with love and happiness it can feel like the sun is shining indoors. However, when a house has been layered with deep anguish it often feels stormy and cold. These energetic imprints can last for years after they have formed and greatly affect the ambience of a place.
Empaths are affected by dark residual energy in many different ways:
Some feel sad, angry or depressed, some may be affected physically: feeling nauseas, dizzy, clumsy or weak, and some may find their thoughts darken and a shift in personality may be experienced. Depending on your Sensitivity and the level of an energetic imprint will depend on what you sense and how you react.
The effect of residual energy can greatly affect an Empath’s balance. When it is positive and filled with love vibrations it is empowering. Low-level energy, however, can lower your moods and influence your decisions. When affected, you may become aware of a shift, as though something is not right, but you may not be able to shake it off or stop it from shaping your behaviour.
Some Empaths are affected by spiritual energy. If a building is classed as being “haunted”, an Empath often feels this energy on entering. The energy of a spirit is recognized when you sense a presence, or denser energy, at the same time as a dramatic temperature drop (especially around the lower legs). The more energetically aware you become, the easier it is to identify between residual energy and spiritual energy, and the better you get at preventing it from influencing you.
Energetic imprints influence everyone, not just the Sensitive. We’ve all heard of places where history repeats and bad things continue to reoccur such as: wars, accidents, arguments, etc. When unaware people pick up low-level residual energy, and take it on, they can unwittingly re-enact the past script.
Negative residual energy is infectious and can become destructive to the unaware or out-of-balance. Positive residual energy is also contagious, in a vigorously uplifting way, but because much of the populace are already emotionally low, they tend to veer more easily towards the dark. Like attracts like.
As humans, we are never happy when in a low-mood but ironically most stay longer, by choice, in a dark mental space than in a positive one. Sadly, much of our world has been manipulated to keep us down. When we go under emotionally it is a mammoth task to climb back up and out. This is why it is beneficial for all Empaths to learn to recognize negative residual energy and work to stop it affecting them (we already have enough to contend with).
My next post looks at how destructive the residual energy of certain people can be to the Empath (mostly without them realizing), how to recognize it and prevent it from causing unnecessary turmoil. (Click here to read post).
Until next time…
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